| May 14, 2014
| 4:10 PM
According to the old saying, necessity is the mother of invention. And in the case of Vojo Brasnovic, the new general manager of Old World German Restaurant, it was his mother who prompted the necessity.
The Croatia native, who joined the restaurant in...
| May 21, 2014
| 11:51 AM
Sweet surprise: Ruby's Diner Inc. will begin offering Santa Cruz ice cream favorite Marianne's at its Southern California locations, beginning with a rollout at its Laguna Beach diner. Pop by from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday or 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at 30622 S....
| Jan 28, 2014
| 4:22 PM
A disheartening blow was delivered by four Huntington Beach councilmen who voted against the polystyrene ban on Jan. 21.
It seems they had already made up their minds before the City Council meeting. Unfortunately, they would not be swayed by the...
| Dec 17, 2013
| 6:02 PM
Wrap it up: The Container Store at Metro Pointe at South Coast is hosting gift wrap and bow demonstrations at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and noon and 2 p.m. Sunday. Learn new techniques and have the chance to win a $20 gift card for attending. In...
| Dec 18, 2013
| 1:34 PM
The charming little Japanese restaurant Ikko has a chalkboard sign next to the door that warns, "No American rolls." Its sushi is very traditional, but it does take liberties with the rest of the food. For example, you will find a number of dishes that...
| May 7, 2014
| 11:34 AM
When a new restaurant opens, I always like to wait a few weeks to give the operators time to get their act together before doing a review, but I inadvertently found myself at Watertable in the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa on the night...
| May 7, 2014
| 1:57 PM
Surfing sale: The Rip Curl Sample Sale runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday at 3030 Airway Ave., Costa Mesa. Enjoy savings of up to 75% off apparel, wetsuits and accessories for the whole family. The first 200 people will receive a free T-...
| May 13, 2014
| 3:51 PM
After 20 years in business, another grand dame of the Newport restaurant scene has passed on, and in Villa Nova's place, overlooking the bay, the highly regarded Winery from Tustin has opened its second location.
After a major remodel, the new...
| Jul 22, 2014
| 4:13 PM
Orange County's second Malaysian restaurant, Old Malaya Grill, has recently opened in a Huntington Beach strip mall.
I am not really familiar with this cuisine but discovered that it is a delicious mélange of Indonesian, Chinese, Indian, Portuguese,...
| Jul 16, 2014
| 2:26 PM
Chef Peter Petro has launched a new restaurant called Bosscat Kitchen, right next door to his Ten Asian Bistro.
No sushi here — this cuisine is called Southern, but it is a little more eclectic. For example, one of its most popular dishes is...
| Jul 2, 2014
| 5:33 PM
Tortilla Republic has opened in the former home of Javier's and Asada in Laguna Beach.
Owners have done a very nice job of remodeling the space and pride themselves on serving "a modern take on Mexican comfort cuisine, utilizing recipes featuring farm-...
| Jul 9, 2014
| 1:47 PM
The former home of Mark's Restaurant, in the strip mall across from the Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach, has undergone a makeover. It now has a new name, Ivory Restaurant & Lounge; a new owner, Marsha Benson; a new chef, Abel...